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Mapping with Google Fusion Tables

Google’s Fusion Tables, a way to manage large amounts of data online with powerful visualization capabilities built into it, was recently graduated out of Google Labs and became an app available on the Google Apps dashboard. I have used Google’s Spreadsheet Mapper to create embeddable maps before, so I needed to know what Google Fusion Tables is all about and whether I need to

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Online Privacy: Enabling Identified, Pseudonymous, & Unidentified Uses

Alma Whitten (Director of Privacy, Product and Engineering, Google) in her blog post “The freedom to be who you want to be…“ makes the distinction between three modes of online use which Google sees itself as serving. The distinction between the three is important for those of us who are interested in online privacy, especially for those activists who are working in closed

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Rules for Organizing a Protest

Rules for organizing a protest from How Did the Wisconsin Capitol Occupation Begin, Anyway? by Rebecca Greenfield in today’s The Atlantic:

1. Be flexible. Adapt your plans according to events as they happen.

That night was the first of 10 — and counting — that hundreds have occupied the Wisconsin state Capitol. The TAA hadn’t planned to stay there overnight. “It emerged rather organically,” explains

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How WordPress is Made…

A few thoughts on How WordPress is Made:

Distributed work environments are going to become increasingly more common. Questions of how to foster team collaboration or create a company culture will become more complex.

Email is not very popular. Most of the work is done by P2s, IRC, and Skype. This one is a relief, since I was under the impression that I am

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Twitter Archiving Tools

From ReadWriteWeb. Slightly dated, but still very useful list of tools to archive your twitter history. Someone, please build a usable Twitter archive app. :-)

10 Ways to Archive Your TweetsBy Sarah Perez / August 11, 2009 6:48 AMhttp://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/10_ways_to_archive_your_tweets.php 

What that means is something tweeted prior to a week and a half ago can never be retrieved via search.twitter.com. That’s bad for

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Box.Net for Document Management

Initial research suggests that box.net may be one possible option. Reasons to like:

Folder level security options for sharing
Sync via a directory on local desktop
Full text search for business and enterprise users
Widgets allow sharing certain folders within intranets or websites
Built-in project collaboration and workflow
Similar use in a non profit organization: Case study of C3 Colorectal Cancer Coalition

Integrates with Google

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Searching for a Document Management System

Looking for:

Share with a large group (50+) of people
Integrate with Google Apps (possibly single sign on)
Ability to tag or categorize documents
Ability to search through documents, or at least search through tags
Built-in capabilities such as anti-virus and backup would be good

Starting at Document Management on Google Apps Marketplace

We really need to expand Office Productivity page of Organizational Technology wiki

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Email Adventures: Setting up an SPF Record to Combat Domain Spoofing

Our domain got spoofed. The first indication was a ton of auto-responders in the past week that all got delivered to our catch-all email account. Most of these auto-responders were supposedly in response to our emails. But looking at the message header revealed a ton of emails with our domain name but unknown user names. TerimaddoxSilver@appropriateit.org, JennaeconometricGalindo@appropriateit.org, HenriettasuperstitiousLin@appropriateit.org, and so on and so forth. This

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Mobile Web, Digital Divide, and Development

PC World has an enlightening article from Kiwanja’s Ken Banks about the growing disconnect between mobile applications envisioned for development and the realities on the ground.

…I see a widening knowledge, or awareness, gap. In the West, when we talk of mobiles helping close the digital divide, many people make a huge assumption about the technologies available to users in developing countries. We look at

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Mobile Applications of the Future

A while ago Google’s Android Developer’s Challenge announced the first round of winners for creating cool mobile applications. The competition elicited 1,788 submissions, of which a panel of judges picked 50 winners who each won a $25,000 award.

Reviewing the Top 50 mobile applications slideshow (pdf) gives us a good sense of the reach of mobile applications in the future and how the NGO

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